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Junior Sophister Students take a trip to Santander and Bilbao

This year we have chosen the North of Spain for our traditional 5-days JS trip. We started our trip to Santander. Santander, besides being ranked as the second-best destinations in Europe (Lonely Planet), is recognised because of its leading engineering companies.

Within them, we visited ENSA, which provides solutions to nuclear power plants all around the world, from the beginning of the operation to final decommissioning, such as equipment supply, maintenance, repair activities or waste treatment.

We continue to visit the Environmental Hydraulics Institute IHCantabria, whose cutting-edge work in the fields of fresh and saltwater has positioned the research center at the forefront of international organizations working in the water cycle in its various facets.

Then, we travelled to Bilbao, a renewed city surrounded by rolling green hills, with a breathtaking coastline. The urban regeneration was managed by RIA2000, a public company that explained us the projects conducted (the quay repair work, the underground built by Sir Norman Foster, the Palacio Euskalduna, etc.), and the economic and political challenges they faced to transform a dying black industrial city into the European City of the Year 2018 (Urbanism Awards)… in just 20 years!

We also visited the Guggenheim Museum built by F. Gehry, the pedestrian bridge by Calatrava, the Azkuna Zentroa by P. Starck and the Vizcaya transporter bridge built in 1893 by one of Eiffel's disciples. We also enjoyed the Basque cuisine, the tastiest pintxos and refreshing zuritos… and of course, the vibrant night of the Siete Calles.

On Saturday we said “see you soon” to Spain from Bilbao airport, designed by S. Calatrava.